At the start of pandemic, the City of Seattle suspended parking restrictions, including a controversial 72-hour parking limit that activists say unfairly targets those who live in RVs and other vehicles. While other parking rules were brought back last summer, the moratorium on the 72-hour rule was scheduled to end just this last week on April 1, a move that Councilmember Kshama Sawant is urging Mayor Jenny Durkan to reconsider.
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As part of the reinstatement of the three-day limit on parking in a single space, a spokesperson with the mayor’s office tells MyNorthwest that it is observing a “grace period in which we remind the public about the parking rules.” That will include parking enforcement “courtesy notices” informing those in violation of the new requirements.
After that grace period ends, the city plans to then start enforcing the 72-hour parking rule with citations.
That saw Councilmember Sawant issuing a letter to Durkan on Tuesday, stating that she was “horrified” to hear that enforcement on the 72-hour rule was resuming, and that long-term, it will be “catastrophic” to those who live and store their possessions in RVs.
Sawant’s letter went on to point out that the city has “leniently” enforced the rule in the past, leading to questions over why it exists in the first place.
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“What does it say about the law if the justification for its existence is that it often is not fully enforced?”